With Saturday night's game at Notre Dame Stadium tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter, Stanford drove all the way to the Notre Dame 3-yard line. Facing third-and-2 from the 3, the Cardinal handed the ball to Stepfan Taylor, who was met in the backfield by an untouched Farley for a 7-yard loss. Stanford had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson.
Shaw said his team had heard a whistle from the stands, and had given up on the play. And he was none too happy about it, saying it was a common occurrence in South Bend.
"That's why our guys stopped playing," Shaw said. "It was verified, it was heard. The play did not stop. ... The whistle came from the crowd. I don't know what can be done about it. I've heard from many people it's happened here a few times."
Farley said he never heard a whistle.
"I did not hear a whistle, no sir," he said.
And did he realize Stanford had given up on the play?
"I was pretty focused so I wasn't concerned about it," he said.
Irish coach Brian Kelly also said there was no whistle. And he shrugged off Shaw's suggestion that it's happened before in Notre Dame Stadium.
"Look, I will tell you that I've been in a lot of stadiums, and very rarely do you hear a whistle," he said. "I hear my name a lot, but I usually don't hear a whistle. So I don't know where that came from."